Category: General Dentistry

True-or-False Questions about Aging Teeth

Aging doesn’t mean your body has to deteriorate rapidly. When you’re inching up towards the 100 year mark of your life, however, you may feel less healthy than you once were. Your teeth, just like the rest of your body, are certainly subject to gradual aging over the years. If you drink too much coffee,… Read more »

Beware the Dental Damage that Oral Piercings can Cause

Oral piercings are not generally recommended by dentists. Creative forms of self-expression are understandable. We all want to control our fashion statements. Besides, of all of the possible bodily adornments, piercings are one of the most temporary options when compared to something like tattoos, for example. Unfortunately, when you pierce your tongue or lip, dental… Read more »

Test your Dental IQ

The American Dental Association tested a sampling of Americans on their knowledge of oral health a couple of years ago, to somewhat embarrassing results. The series of true or false questions regarding some basic oral hygiene information were posed to almost 1,500 adults representing a wide range of the population in the United States. Unfortunately, the… Read more »

Understanding the Parts of a Tooth

The importance of your teeth is certainly obvious. Beyond the role of breaking food down into digestible pieces, your teeth provide the structure for your smile. Confident smiles can affect job performance, relationships, and general life quality. The part of a tooth that people can see when you talk or smile is called the crown…. Read more »

Lost a Dental Crown? Now What?

Imagine that you’re enjoying a nice dinner out, and suddenly you bite down on a hard object? “Oh wonderful!” you sarcastically think. While you’re cursing the chef of the restaurant in your mind, you suddenly realize that the object actually came from you. In fact, it’s your dental crown. Once it has popped off of… Read more »

Does your Dentist Embrace 3D Technology?

Have you been going to the same dentist for many years? When you love and appreciate the people at the dental practice you frequent, you may overlook certain elements in the office. However, look around. If the dental team hasn’t made the effort to keep up with the times by updating their office technology, you… Read more »

What Do Marine Sponges have to Do with Plaque?

Bacteria are the bad guys in the world of dentistry. They are the key component in tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. However, certain germs, when distributed correctly (such as inside your intestines) play a role in good, balanced health. Katy, TX dentist Dr. Colin Lathrop, will explain how studying bacteria on marine sponges in Baltimore,… Read more »

Put Your Medicine Where Your Mouth Is…Then What?

Here’s an interesting statistic from the Mayo Clinic. An estimated 70% of Americans take at least one medication regularly, whether over-the-counter or by prescription. Dr. Colin Lathrop, a family dentist in Katy, TX, explains that sometimes even the things we require to keep ourselves healthy can also affect our oral health. Not that we advocate… Read more »

Try to Relax for Better Oral Health

You’ve probably heard statements connecting stress to heart attacks. Cause and effect in the medical world isn’t always quite that black and white. Stress levels are difficult to pin-point in a quantifiable manner. However, there is little doubt that highly stressed individuals tend to overeat, sleep poorly, drink too much alcohol, and smoke. Succumbing to… Read more »

Toothache True-or-False

When you take stock of your body, how many sensations do you notice? Do you have any feelings which might qualify as aches and pains? When your body is assaulted by discomfort, your regular tasks are often difficult to carry out. Teeth are so small, yet for some reason, toothaches are among the most pervasive pains. The… Read more »